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Aquaculture Leasing and Permitting Program Officer

Recruitment #22-001001-0008


This is a Position Specific Recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The resulting eligible list will be used to fill this position/function only. Those interested in future vacancies with this or any other State agency must reapply at that time.




This position will require statewide travel. The main office is located at 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 with an option for telework and flexible work locations.

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking two Aquaculture Leasing and Permitting Program Officers to assist the general and regulated public in locating and developing aquaculture projects, perform comprehensive technical reviews of lease and permit applications, create map products associated with application and permit review and develop database frameworks and tools to support the responsible development of Maryland’s aquaculture industry.

Specifically, the position(s) provides technical information and an overview of State/Federal requirements needed to effectively plan shellfish aquaculture projects and complete the appropriate permit and lease applications in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The position reviews and evaluates project plans; ensures technical sufficiency and compliance of lease and permit applications with State laws and regulations by screening for potential resource impacts using land mapping tools, charts and Geographic Information Systems. The position assists with field work related to resource sampling and regulatory compliance inspections of proposed and authorized leases and permitted facilities, as directed. Contributes to field data record-keeping by ensuring that related databases and data entry portals are compatible with data collection methods and formats used in the field.


Experience: Four years of professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study from an accredited college or university and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the wildlife biology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Knowledge of natural resources conservation and management principles and practices.

Knowledge of research methods and data collection techniques.

Skill in determining priorities and making recommendations for improvements in natural resources practices.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.



The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at or call 410-767-4850.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Laurita Lesperance at

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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